The Image of Armenia in European Travel Accounts of the Seventeenth Century, by Jack Lewis Vartoogian, in 368 searchable and bookmarked pdf pages. This superb study, which is a contribution to Middle Eastern and European history, is Vartoogian's Ph.D. dissertation (Columbia, 1974). Beginning in the 17th century, there was increasing Western interest in the East, particularly Persia and India, and many travellers passed through Armenia and left reports about it. Prior to Vartoogian's study, this body of travel literature had never been systematically identified--much less examined--with respect to Armenian history.
The author methodically discusses 32 travellers actually in Armenia between 1581 and 1725. In addition, he treats 38 additional travellers who comment on Armenia and/or the Armenians, travellers who were not in Armenia itself, but who mention Armenia, or Armenian communities in the neighboring countries they visited. Several appendicies categorize the travellers alphabetically, chronologically, by nationality, profession or purpose in traveling, and the routes they took. The extensive bibliography brings together for the first time all the published travellers' accounts dealing with Armenia between 1581 and 1725. This work is an invaluable resource for history, folklore, travellers, travel literature, methodology, and much more. Scanned by Robert Bedrosian. Zipped HTML format also available.